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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Quote Originally Posted by interneg View Post
    The 42mm leg section one sounds very interesting...
    +1 Ari!

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Thanks for all the feedback, much appreciated.
    I'm going to try and get some video tomorrow of the new tripod in use. So far, it's proven to be a very good tripod under normal conditions.
    The weight savings are tremendous, I didn't miss my CP38 tripod at all.
    My only problem was not bringing the spikes along. The forest floor was soft, mossy and quite bouncy. But we made out just fine.

    Next week I'm going to ask for a CP42 2-section prototype to be made. I've actually received quite a few emails today asking for just that.
    So we'll explore it.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Quote Originally Posted by sharktooth View Post
    Thanks for the photos, Ari. That gives a much better perspective on the working heights.

    It really seems to be a wonderful compromise between low weight, portability, and useful working height. The longer two section leg design is a real winner in my mind. I'd gladly trade off some compactness to have far fewer adjustment knobs/levers to do/undo with every setup.
    You're welcome!
    Agree on all points, it's quite stable for a thin-tubed tripod, and it's a real pleasure carrying it around, knowing it can handle my 8x10.
    Fewer adjustments on the legs make for a more enjoyable time, and despite its folded length, I could strap it to my backpack and walk around with it.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Great!

    1/2 ball too

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Thanks for all the feedback, much appreciated.
    I'm going to try and get some video tomorrow of the new tripod in use. So far, it's proven to be a very good tripod under normal conditions.
    The weight savings are tremendous, I didn't miss my CP38 tripod at all.
    My only problem was not bringing the spikes along. The forest floor was soft, mossy and quite bouncy. But we made out just fine.

    Next week I'm going to ask for a CP42 2-section prototype to be made. I've actually received quite a few emails today asking for just that.
    So we'll explore it.
    2022

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    1/2 ball too
    Of course!
    And I suspect the CP42-M2 will adopt one traditional feature of 100mm systematic tripods, that is, it will have an apex with an adjustable collar that can be tightened and loosened to adapt to various accessories.
    This will make it easier to attach an accessory centre post if needed, or to use your own favourite 100mm half ball.

    In speaking to another member today, who was asking about the CP22's stability with heavier cameras, I have something to add.
    The second leg section on the CP22-M2 is 19mm, which is the same size tube as the last section of our CP30 tripods. The CP22's leg sections are longer, so there is a small amount of flex at full extension, but otherwise it's very stable.
    I'd say it has a tiny bit more flex than a fully extended CP30-L4 II tripod, which is a 4-section tripod that reaches 68 inches tall.

    Load matters, and so does the size and weight distribution.
    For instance, my Fuji GX680 (10.25 lbs), with lens and film back, weighs more than my 8x10, but it feels a tad more stable on top of the CP22.
    Its weight isn't spread out over such a large area, at two or more different points. It's mostly concentrated around the center of the tripod, keeping it quite stable.
    Keep in mind this is all with a ball head. Stability would be further improved if I replaced the ball head with a small levelling head and QR clamp.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    CP42 2-section. YES! At last! Simple and stable.

    ... for everything from an 11x14 to a medium format camera, or even a telescope. A simple leveling head would be nice, but I would need 45 of tilt, so I suppose I would have to tolerate a ball head - a small sacrifice. Your carbon fiber legs make your version very easy to carry, instead of a massive (heavy), two strut per leg, vintage tripod.

    Ari, you know I have been passionately requesting this for many years!

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Thanks, Clive. I'm thrilled that we'll be bringing a large 2-section CF tripod to market.
    This was your idea back in 2015, credit where credit is due!

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Here is a very brief video shot by the guy whose picture I was taking.


    Notice the rigidity of the camera, even with a ball head attached.
    I shot four sheets of this guy, all at 1/8s.

    Adjustments were quick and easy, tripod was very stable and reliable.
    I'm more and more impressed with this tripod, and the 2-section concept, with each test run I perform.

    EDIT: I heard from a couple of people that the video had a lot of green flickering on their screens. Mine looked fine, but I removed the video all the same.
    I'll make another video soon, and I won't shoot it on the iPhone next time.
    Thanks
    Last edited by Ari; 3-May-2021 at 10:06.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Ok, I made a video for the CP22-M2, using my Fuji GX680 as the test load.
    The GX680 weighs 10.5 pounds with 100mm lens and film back. It's about 2 pounds heavier than my 8x10 so I shot the video with the Fuji.
    Comments welcome. Thanks!


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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Ok, I made a video for the CP22-M2, using my Fuji GX680 as the test load.
    The GX680 weighs 10.5 pounds with 100mm lens and film back. It's about 2 pounds heavier than my 8x10 so I shot the video with the Fuji.
    Comments welcome. Thanks!

    Watched it twice

    I think I saw film advance looking at the reflection on a front tube

    Next time, spikes, grass, not that camera

    Thank you!
    2022

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